I remove it myself. However, back in 2015 I received a (then) new American Deluxe from the wife for my Bday. she "hid" it in the house in it's case, for a few weeks under the boy's bed! Trem in and it's had zero effect. I did find it odd though and the thought it way have stressed the bridge did cross my mind for an instant. But also, it would have been the saleman who put it in the case for her, no? So that also crossed my mind ~ why would he? I wouldn't. Long winded way of saying I don't think it will hurt, just not my daily practice.